News leaked this week that five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont — are applying for a federal grant to study collecting a fee for every mile a vehicle is driven. The states belong to the I-95 Corridor Coalition and their application claims fuel taxes are not keeping up with infrastructure and operational needs of the area’s roadways, particularly because the infrastructure in the Northeast is the nation’s oldest.
This is, in part, because the federal fuel tax has not been raised since 1993. Ironically, however, the coalition’s application puts some blame on the increased fuel efficiency of cars. People do not have to gas up as often, therefore they do not pay as much in fuel taxes. Drivers of electric vehicles pay no gas tax at all.